Day 9: Opening Wide The Gate to All Below

December 11, 2017

Today’s psalm tells us that our God will come to save. He proclaims peace to his people, and lets us know that His salvation is near! (Psalm 85).

Tonite is a cool night. As fate would have it, I have a bit of a stuffy nose (one of my reasons for never finishing this project but… we power on!). A few weeks ago, I was asked to play a holy hour, and said yes. I love playing holy hour. In those moments I feel most fully myself.

When I read today’s psalm in the context of advent I immediately thought of what an amazing gift Adoration is to each of us.

During adoration, the Jesus we are waiting for this advent season  joins us. He is really there.

To heal us.

To comfort us.

To just spend time with us.

The creator of the universe opens the gates of heaven, and joins us, to be our friend. It blows my mind. It challenges any ideas of friendship I have ever had. And I am the lucky person that gets to play the music that helps people pray, and deepen their friendship with Jesus too.

Today’s song is how I open every single holy hour. It is a traditional latin hymn and when I first thought of using it for the advent project, I almost didn’t use it because I immediately thought of lent. But the whole point of Jesus coming down to earth is to offer us the chance at eternal life with Him in heaven.

Here are the words to St. Thomas Aquinas’ prayer (and the english translation) if you’d like to follow along:


O salutaris Hostia,
Quae caeli pandis ostium:
Bella premunt hostilia,
Da robur, fer auxilium.
Uni trinoque Domino
Sit sempiterna gloria,
Qui vitam sine termino
Nobis donet in patria.


O saving Victim, opening wide,
The gate of heaven to man below!
Our foes press on from every side;
Thine aid supply, thy strength bestow.

To Thy great name by endless praise,
Immortal Godhead, one in Three;
Oh, grant us endless length of days,
In our true native land with Thee. Amen


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